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President Obama has delivered nearly two dozen commencement speeches during his time in office — including this one, at the University of California, Irvine, in 2014. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Portrait Of The President, One Commencement Speech At A Time

Graduations are always milestones for the students. This year they're a milestone for the president, too, as he begins to look towards his own graduation from the Oval Office.

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A Portrait Of The President, One Commencement Speech At A Time

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Welcome / "Bulls Theme" Marquis Hill
Moon Rays Marquis Hill

After Seattle's new minimum wage law took effect last April, Ivar's Seafood Restaurants announced it would immediately increase its prices by about 21 percent, eliminate tipping and pay all its hourly workers $15 per hour. Several other restaurants are adopting a no-tip policy to equalize the pay gap among employees, but many have gone back on that move. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Why Restaurants Are Ditching The Switch To No Tipping

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CSin3 students will wear this green sash when they graduate from Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday. Krista Almanzan/KAZU hide caption

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'Embodiment Of Grit': How Children Of Farm Workers Became Tech Professionals

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Bobby Ellerbee, sporting his graduation get-up. Henry P. Taylor/Courtesy of The Red And Black hide caption

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After A 40-Year Detour, 'Squidbillies' Star Takes Home His Diploma

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Squidbillies theme Billy Joe Shaver

Quail in dandelion's nest — one of Pascal Baudar's wild-crafted culinary creations. "So many wild plants, so little time," says Baudar. He leads foraging expeditions in the forests of Los Angeles and works with chefs to create meals based on wild foods. Courtesy of Pascal Baudar hide caption

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Urban Foraging: Unearthing The Wildcrafted Flavors Of Los Angeles

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Thin Air Don Ross
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"King of Sting" Justin O. Schmidt is a biologist at the Southwestern Biological Institute. A "connoisseur of pain," he has ranked 83 different insect stings on a pain index based on his own experience. Courtesy of Justin Schmidt hide caption

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Stung By 83 Different Insects, Biologist Rates His Pain On A Scale Of 1 To — OW!

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Deja Varoom Southern Culture on the Skids

A bathroom sign welcomes both genders at the Cacao Cinnamon coffee shop in Durham, N.C., on May 3. Jonathan Drake/Reuters hide caption

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When A Transgender Person Uses A Public Bathroom, Who Is At Risk?

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North Carolina is in a legal battle over a state law that requires transgender people to use the public restroom matching the sex on their birth certificate. The ADA-compliant bathroom signs were designed by artist Peregrine Honig. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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How A Poison Pill Worded As 'Sex' Gave Birth To Transgender Rights

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Krzystof Przadak, a Polish builder who has lived in Britain for 12 years, at a house he's renovating in a London suburb. Przadak says he now earns 10 times what he did in Poland, but he's uncertain what will happen to him and other Poles in Britain if the U.K. votes to leave the EU on June 23. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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If Britain Leaves The EU, What Happens To The 'Polish Plumber?'

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K.T.C. Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz et. al.
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A farmer steers his cart through land that was a dam brimming with water just a few years ago which fed the district of Beed in the parched state of Maharashtra. After two years of drought it is among India's hardest-hit. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Amid India's Drought Crisis, Suicides Increase Among Farmers Deep In Debt

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"Multicultural Street" in Wongok Village features stores, restaurants and stalls that serve the international community. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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In Homogeneous South Korea, A Multicultural Village Hints At Change

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Lovers, Pt. 2 Alpine & The Alpine
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